Frequently Asked Questions About the Career Development System
Contact the Career Development System Coordinator for information. Acceptance is based on the trainer’s credentials. Approved trainers will be automatically accepted for three years. At the end of the three years, they will need to re-apply and document their orientation to the Career Development System and continued education in presentation skills and/or adult learning principles to be re-approved for the next three years.
More workshops and other training sessions as well as conference sessions are being developed to meet the requirements for the Administrator Certificate. Some of the Directors’ Network sessions will count.
Training provided by the Bureau of Licensing or any other child care regulatory agency, the Child and Adult Care Food Program (for centers or family child care providers on the program) will count in the appropriate categories.
However, some sessions may be accepted that are not identified. If the training is clearly helpful in meeting the needs of center directors, it will likely count. For example, a seminar on changes in tax laws would be relevant; a session on quality control in manufacturing likely would not.
A CEU is different from a clock hour but can be used to meet clock hour requirements or toward a CDA. For example, one CEU equals 10 clock hours of training. A session that lasts 6 hours would give your .6 CEU’s. College courses or CEU’s can be used for meeting the CDA renewal requirement.
Credit hours generally refer to college credit. One college course usually gives you 3 credits although the college course may include approximately 45 hours of classroom time. A college course may count for licensing or CDA depending on the subject matter. For example, a math course might be required for a degree but would not count toward a CDA because it is not in one of the subject areas.
Applications are available for the following organizations through the Career Development System. Other organizations will be considered upon request:
Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA), 800-305-7322, www.southernearlychildhood.org
Louisiana Early Childhood Association (LAECA) is an affiliate of SECA), (318) 343-2366, www.laeca.org
Louisiana Association for the Education of Young Children (LAEYC)
Affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
1-(800) 424-2640 www.NAEYC.org
Louisiana Head Start Association (225) 219-4245
Affiliate of the National Head Start Association www.NHSA.org
Membership in the Louisiana Head Start Association or the National Head Start Association is restricted to Head Start agencies and not individuals.
National After School Association, 800-617-8242, www.naaweb.org
National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) (800) 359-3817 www.nafcc.org